Who can be your Parent Taught Drivers Ed Driving Instructor?

Why do I need an instructor?

While a Parent Taught Drivers Ed course will help teach you the rules of driving, you still need an eligible instructor to help you learn to drive in real life. There are some restrictions as to who can be an instructor, so read on and make sure whoever you have in mind can legally be your instructor.

How to determine if your instructor is eligible

  • Your parent instructor can be your parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent, legal guardian, or an Individual designated by a parent, legal guardian, or judge.
    • If your instructor is a designated individual, they must also have the following qualifications:
      • is at least 25 years old;
      • does not charge a fee for conducting the course; and
      • has at least seven years of driving experience.
  • The instructor must have a valid driver license for the prior three years. If they held an out-of-state license during the past three years, they will be required to provide a copy of their driving record showing their three years of licensed driving history.
  • Instructors cannot have:
    • a conviction (including a probated sentence) of criminally negligent homicide
    • a conviction (including a probated sentence) of driving while intoxicated in the last seven years
    • had their driver license suspended, revoked or forfeited for traffic related violations in the past three years; or six or more points assigned to their driver license.

It is your responsibility to determine if your instructor is eligible. If you do not have an eligible instructor send an email to support@parenttaught.com and we’ll find a solution to help get you on the road!

How to Designate an Individual to be your instructor

How to change your Parent Taught Drivers Ed Instructor

Changing your instructor can be a difficult process, and in some cases may not be possible. It’s a good idea to make sure your instructor is right from the start. If you need to change your parent instructor read through our guide.

Valid Instructor Verification Quiz

Use this quiz to help you determine if the instructor you have is eligible.

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Dan N.

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